Informatica did indeed make a purchase this week, but not the one some people were expecting. Instead of buying an MDM platform vendor they purchased Identity Systems for USD 85 million. Identity systems has a strong reputation in the data quality world, and amongst others has plenty of US federal agency clients amongst its 500 customers. It has 55 employees. This will shake things up a bit in the data quality market, where Similarity Systems was already one of the stronger players. The combination of the two under Informatica’s large sales channels will be a potent combination.
It still leaves open the question of whether, and in what way, Informatica will choose to enter the fast growing MDM market. I doubt this will be the last acquisition that they make.